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South Africa's Coach Explains Why they Want the Game Against Ireland to Be Challenging

South Africa’s Coach Explains Why they Want the Game Against Ireland to Be Challenging

South Africa is very happy about the upcoming Rugby World Cup match against Ireland and is ready to give their all in Paris, as per assistant coach Mzwandile Stick.

If the current champions win against the best-ranked team in Saturday’s exciting match at Stade de France, they will be very close to getting to the quarter-finals.

Coach Stick thinks that the Springboks do well when things get hard and that facing an opponent that is strong like Ireland will help them get ready for the upcoming stages of the competition.

South Africa's Coach Explains Why they Want the Game Against Ireland to Be Challenging
Assistant Coach Mzwandile Stick (Credits: The Citizen)

In the last World Cup, South Africa lost their first game to New Zealand, but then they won the tournament by flogging England in the final.

We do not think tomorrow’s game will be easy and do not want it to be. We want it to be challenging to help us get ready in case we make it to the playoffs.

“We perform our best in rugby when we are in tough situations. In 2019, we lost the first game, and many people said we could not win the World Cup, but we took it as a courage to do better and proved them wrong.

“There is one thing we are sure of: If we make the playoffs, we will give it our all. “But we are not going to hold back tomorrow, and we are not going to hold back. We will take strict measures.

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“It is Going to be a Challenging Match,” said the 31-year-old Loosehead

“I do not want to talk too much about Ireland and their approach, but one thing I can say is that we will be ready for this game no matter the circumstances.”

"It is Going to be a Challenging Match," said the 31-year-old Loosehead
Bok prop Steven Kitshoff (Credits: Rugbypass)

South Africa have already beaten Scotland and Romania and are the clear favorites against Andy Farrell’s side. Prop Stephen Kitshoff, who will join Ulster after the tournament, hopes the most determined side will emerge victorious.

“It is going to be a challenging match,” said the 31-year-old Loosehead. “Both teams have a lot ahead of them, so we need to perform well and maintain the momentum of the first two games before the World Cup.”

“But anything can happen on the night. It is definitely the teams that are the most desperate and willing to work for the extra players that get the win. “It is going to be a close game.”

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